[thelist] Server Administration

Matthew Lewis matthewhse at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 17:01:56 CDT 2005

Thanks for all the advice so far guys.  I really appreciate it.

What I'm planning to do is get a dedicated server, either by renting an 
unmanaged box or through collocation.  Our connection on-site is still 
only DSL, so I won't be running anything from here. Meaning, I suppose, 
that I'll have to do everything through a command-line interface (which 
is fine; I'm sure I can learn that part easily enough).

I really just want something secure, that won't take a ton of my time to 
look after.  All things considered, I may just opt for a managed, 
dedicated server somewhere.  I know the cost will be higher, but if it 
frees me up to do my other work . . .

Still, I do consider server administration a useful skill. I just don't 
know if it's for me.  Is there any easy way to just get my feet wet in 
all this and see how it comes along?



Brian Cummiskey wrote:

> Matthew Lewis wrote:
>> However, I find that my job is moving in the direction of eventually 
>> needing to administer a dedicated web server, probably the home of 
>> many individual domains. 
> The real issue here is what are you planning to do?  Is this going to 
> be an in-house server on your LAN with your T's?
> Or, are you thinking about getting server space at a co-lo like 
> switchanddata.com?  or, are you considering renting a box from places 
> like theplanet, rackshack, etc?
> I think depending on which method you are doing will yeild very 
> different answers.

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